Yokozuna Harumafuji suffered a shock second defeat at the hands of Toyonoshima Friday while fellow yokozuna Hakuho and Kakuryu both came through unscathed on the sixth day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.
Hakuho improved to 6-0. Yokozuna debutant Kakuryu is one off the pace along with ozeki Kisenosato and rank-and-filers Ikioi and Kitataiki as the 15-day meet winds down the first week in Tokyo.
Harumafuji appeared to have his match won when he jolted Toyonoshima (3-3) back near the ridge, but the yokozuna stepped too far inside with his right leg and was immediately put on the back foot as the former sekiwake came lunging forward for a force-out.
Hakuho got tied up momentarily after the tachiai in his bout against Aminishiki (4-2) but deftly changed his hand position to get a right hand on the mawashi and usher his man out. Kakuryu sent fellow Mongolian Kyokutenho (0-6) onto his back with a right-footed leg trip after moving his opponent to the straw bales.
Popular maegashira Endo (4-2) got a rowdy cheer from the fans in his bout against Kotoshogiku (4-2) but he was no match for the ozeki, who quickly got his left hand under his opponent’s armpit and moved him toward the edge.
Endo tried to turn the tables with a last-ditch twisting maneuver, but Kotoshogiku toppled him out of the ring with a thigh grabbing push down.
Kisenosato absorbed a hard charge from Tochiozan (3-3), worked his left hand into position around the sekiwake’s mawashi and inched him toward the edge before giving his opponent one final shove to pick up his fifth win.
Sekiwake Goeido was condemned to a second defeat at the hands of Takekaze (2-4) when he retreated immediately at the tachiai and was smacked down by the veteran No. 1 maegashira.
Early on, Egyptian Osunaarashi (4-2), sumo’s first African-born rikishi, staved off a powerful thrusting attack from Tochinowaka (3-3) before getting a hand on the back of the mawashi and wrapping around his opponent to send him out from the rear.